Severe tooth decay, failing large fillings, cracks, and extreme wear are all indications for a dental crown. When the structural integrity of a tooth can not be restored with a filling, Dr. Schneidler and Dr. Silvia will recommend a crown.
Our office utilizes CEREC technology. CEREC is an advanced dental computer software technology that fabricates all-porcelain, tooth-colored, crowns in just one dental visit. Drs Schneidler and Silvia will design your metal-free crown using 3D imaging software and then mill the crown from a solid block of pressed porcelain in the office. We will then will then custom stain and glaze your crown to match your neighboring teeth. The crown is then placed into a ceramic oven to harden the porcelain before it is bonded to your tooth. We believe that when properly placed, these beautiful, strong crowns can properly restore your teeth back to natural form and function.
If you need a crown on a front tooth, where aesthetics are important, or a back tooth that experiences very heavy chewing forces, we may recommend a crown fabricated by a dental laboratory. Our dentists will discuss with you the best material options for your teeth.
When crowns are fabricated by a dental laboratory, you will need two dental appointments. First, our dentists will prepare your tooth, take impressions, and place a temporary crown while the lab fabricates your permanent crown. At your second appointment, our dentists will place your final restoration.